Official: Prime Minister: Personal telegrams from Cairo [Egypt].

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CHAR 20/130/1-2 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Alan Brooke [Later Lord Alanbrooke of Brookeborough] (Chief of Imperial General Staff) marked "Most Secret and Personal" suggesting how they should decide whether a formed unit should be broken down and stating that it is time that the Poland took part in the fighting and commenting on the effect which this would have. 16 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/3 Telegram from WSC (Malta) to King George VI informing him that he has awarded General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] with the Africa Star and General Dwight Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre, United States Army] with a similar medal and commenting on the individuals present and adding that it was possible to obtain his prior permission and stating that he hopes that he approves of his actions Annotated. 18 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/4 Telegram from WSC (Malta) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Personal and Most Secret" stating that the imprisoned ministers will surely be reinstated and containing a section of General de Gaulle's [Head of the French Committee of National Liberation] speech claiming that this incident had not affected relations between Britain and France and informing him that he has a sore throat and reporting that President Roosevelt has asked if they can meet in Khartoum instead of Cairo [Egypt] and that they have replied arguing that this is impossible. 18 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/5 Telegram from WSC (Malta) to Sir John Anderson [later 1st Lord Waverley](Chancellor of the Exchequer) asking him to inform him to what extent the statement in the paper, that Britain is to give 250 million pounds for relief in Europe and Asia, is true. 18 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/6 Telegram from WSC to Herbert Morrison (Home Secretary) offering him advice on how to argue his position on the release of the Moseleys. 21 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/7-8 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] stating that Leros [Greek Island] is a bitter blow for him and containing a speech explaining and justifying their actions, should questions be raised in Parliament and stating that he believes that this loss is Turkey's fault for not giving them the bases needed to protect it, but adding that they inflicted a great deal of damage on the German forces. 21 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/9 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] asking him to explore, with A V Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Hillsborough] (First Lord of the Admiralty) and Brendan Bracken [Minister of Information] into the possibility of arranging full publicity for the arrival of the Richelieu [French Navy Battleship]. 21 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/10 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Most Secret and Personal" stating that he is disturbed by the delay to the date of the ultimatum and adding that he hopes that no further trouble will arise in Syria and the Lebanon and informing him that he intends to take over the situation on noon on the 23rd November. 22 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/11 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to Clement Attlee reporting on the situation in Lebanon and stating that it seems that their requests have been made and that unless there are any serious disturbances they will abandon their plan to establish martial law tomorrow and asking that this message is sent to the United States, the Soviet Union and Algiers. 23 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/12 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] stating that he hopes that he will be able to join him as soon as possible and informing him that the United States agrees with their action regarding the Free French in Syria and detailing President Roosevelt's plans to travel to Cairo three [Teheran Conference] and adding that he hopes that he will be able to join him by the 25th November. 23 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/13 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to Clement Attlee marked "Most Secret and Personal" stating that he hopes that he will not adopt an apologetic tone for his statement on Leros [Greek Island] and justifying their action there. 24 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/14 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to King George VI marked "Most Secret and Personal" explaining why ribbons were given to General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] and General Dwight Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander, United States Army] and stating that : his sore throat is better; that he is pleased that Anthony Eden [Later Lord Avon] is joining him as General de Gaulle's [Head of the French Committee of National Liberation] conduct looks dubious; that he is making good progress with President Roosevelt and commenting on Roosevelt's plans to travel [to the Teheran Conference] and noting his disappointment at the fall of Leros [Greek Island]. 24 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/15 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to Randolph Churchill marked "Most Secret" informing him that he is urgently required at Cairo [Egypt]. 24 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/16-17 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to Clement Attlee and Herbert Morrison (Home Secretary] marked "Most Secret and Personal" suggesting the line they should take if there is a debate on the termination of 18B, regarding the exceptional powers of the British Government and warning against the excessive use of these powers. 25 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/18 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to Herbert Morrison (Home Secretary) marked "Most Secret and Personal" stating that he is convinced that they should abolish 18B as the national emergency no longer justifies the excessive powers given to the Government. 25 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/19 Telegram from Colonel Warden [WSC] (Mideast) to General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] marked "Personal and Most Secret" stating that he is sorry to hear that he has jaundice and informing him that he will remain on this side of the Mediterranean until the end of next week. 26 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/20 Telegram from Colonel Warden [WSC] (Mideast) to Richard Casey (Minister of State Middle East) marked "Most Secret and Personal" stating that he has been informed from his office that Turkey's defence preparations are lagging behind and noting that there is no time for discussions and reminding him that they are committed to the Soviet Union, by the Moscow Protocol, to bring Turkey into the war by the end of the year and asking him to take that matter of A A defences and warning systems as a matter of urgency. 29 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/21 Telegram from WSC (Eureka, [Teheran Conference]) to Herbert Morrison (Home Secretary) marked "Personal and Most Secret" stating that as he is supported by the entire cabinet, apart from himself, that he has no other option but to fight the matter, and adding that he is sure that he will receive a large majority and suggesting that he should express his distaste for the powers bestowed upon the government by 18B Copy. 29 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/22 Telegram from WSC (Eureka, [Teheran Conference]) to Clement Attlee marked "Most Secret" informing him that the Soviet Union has agreed to the Cairo communique and adding that the difficulty he referred to arose due to the United States showing China a rough draft, even worse that this point of view and noting that it will be released tomorrow and stating that he should communicate this text to the dominions. 30 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/23 Telegram from Colonel Warden [WSC] (Cairo Three [Teheran Conference]) to Richard Casey [Minister of State Middle East] informing him that the arrangements to visit Luxor [Egypt] should be cancelled and explaining why. 30 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/130/24 Telegram from WSC (Eureka [Teheran Conference]) to Clement Attlee marked "Most Secret and Personal" reporting on the progress of the conference, stating that relations between Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union are good. 01 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/25 Telegram from WSC (Eureka [Teheran Conference]) to Clement Attlee marked "Most Secret" informing him that Chiang Kai Shek [President of China] has been given assurances that all Chinese territory taken by Japan will be returned to her, but adding, confidentially, that he believes that President Roosevelt is planning a change in status for Indo China Copy. 01 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/26 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to Herbert Morrison (Home Secretary) marked "Personal and Most Secret" congratulating him on the solid support he received from the House of Commons and adding that his discharge of his disagreeable functions will gain for him the nations respect. 02 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/27 Telegram from WSC (Teheran [Persia, later Iraq]) to James Stuart (Chief Whip) marked "Most Secret and Personal" congratulating him on his majority and asking him to inform him of the individuals who voted against the government. 02 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/28 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to King George VI marked "Most Secret and Personal" informing him that he presented the Sword of Honour to Marshal Stalin. 03 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/29 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to A V Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Hillsborough] marked "Most Personal and Secret" informing him that he has agreed with President Roosevelt to take it in turns to submit a draft for a monthly statement regarding U boats and noting that this month it is their turn and thanking him for his suggestions. 03 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/30 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to Clement Attlee stating that he doubts that Admiral Q [President Roosevelt] will visit Algiers and that if he does, he will only receive General Henri Giraud [Army Commander in Chief] and not General de Gaulle [Head of the French Committee of National Liberation] and stating that the greatest hurdle to the rehabilitation of France is the personality of General de Gaulle and noting the extent to which Marshal Stalin distrusted him and commenting that de Gaulle is foolish if he believes that he can play the Soviet Union off against Britain and the United States. 05 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/31 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to Clement Attlee informing him that the United States delegates leave tomorrow and stating that they have reached some sound conclusions, but that they still have to try to settle with the Turks. 05 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/32 Telegram from Colonel Warden [WSC] (Mideast) to Lord Gort (Governor and Commander in Chief Malta) regarding the quotation which Admiral Q [President Roosevelt] will bestow on Malta, suggesting that he should state that it will be made of bronze and mounted in the Palace Square close to the other famous citations. 07 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/33 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to Leo Amery (Secretary of State for India and Burma) marked "Most Secret and Personal" informing him that Richard Casey [Minister of State Middle East] has accepted the position of the Governorship of Bengal and that he is visiting Britain for a week to familiarise himself with the India Office and stating that no public announcement should be made until Casey reaches England Copy. 08 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/34 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to Clement Attlee marked "Personal and Secret" informing him that he has spoken to President Roosevelt regarding their latest message to Ireland and noting the attitude of the President Copy. 08 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/35 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to Sir John Anderson [later 1st Lord Waverley](Chancellor of the Exchequer) and Lord Cherwell [earlier Frederick Lindemann, Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] marked "Personal and Secret" informing them that he has read the papers regarding the gold and dollar balances to President Roosevelt and that the President stated that he did not think that Britain should be treated differently to France and the Soviet Union. Copy. 08 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/36-38 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to the Chiefs of Staff regarding operation Saturn [Use of Turkish bases] stating that the preparation and protection of the Turkish airfields should proceed at full speed and detailing their plan of action and adding that once the British squadrons are established in the air fields, they will be ready to begin their operations in the Aegean and commenting on possible enemy action Copy. 09 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/39 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to Sir James Grigg (Secretary of State for War) marked "Personal and Secret" asking him to make a submission to King George VI to make General Sir Alan Brooke [later Lord Alanbrooke of Brookeborough, Chief of Imperial General Staff] a Field Marshal Copy. 09 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/40 Telegram from WSC (Mideast) to Clement Attlee stating that it is impossible for him to draft a letter to the Dominion Prime Minister's and commenting that the main question is whether to tell them of Marshal Stalin's declaration about entering the war Copy. 10 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/41 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] stating that he should consider if the agitation in Bulgaria can be stimulated by the Soviet Union and noting that merely hinting that in certain circumstances the Soviet Union will declare war on Bulgaria, will help to win them over Copy. 11 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/42 Telegram from Colonel Warden [WSC] (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] stating that he is stranded there due to illhealth and that he has asked Harold Macmillan [Minister Resident in Algiers] to visit him and report on the latest situation in Algiers and commenting that he should tell Sir Hughe Knatchbull Hugessen [British Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Turkey] to increase the pressure in Angora [Turkey] and to inform them that failure to comply with their request will mean a virtual end to their alliance and asking him to request the Chiefs of Staff to report on the possibility of Germany being able to launch a separate attack on Turkey Copy. 13 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/43 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] asking him to send his telegram on the commands to Clement Attlee and informing him that his fever still continues Copy. 14 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/44-46 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Clement Attlee and to be repeated to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Personal and Secret" detailing the changes in personnel that are to made to the commands Copy. 14 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/47 Telegram from Colonel Warden [WSC] (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham (First Sea Lord) and to be repeated to Admiral Sir John Cunningham (Commander in Chief Mediterranean) stating that he will not leave there for a couple of weeks and suggesting that they should bring KGV home and send another ship out later Copy. 15 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/48 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] stating that on no account should he break relations with Turkey and adding that he should press for importations of materials and commenting on his recent speech and asking him to continue to act in the Turkish matter without further reference to him Copy. 15 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/49 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Chiefs of Staff informing them that he is awaiting a report of all the landing crafts in the Mediterranean and commenting that the stagnation of the Italian Campaign is becoming scandalous and commenting that none of the landing crafts in the Mediterranean have been put to any use in the last three months Copy. 19 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/50 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] explaining that he followed Harold Macmillan's [Resident Minister in Algiers] advice regarding the postponement of the entry of the Greek and Yugoslavian Governments on to the Advisory Council and adding that he was unaware that he placed any importance on the matter and noting that he is willing to defer to his views. 19 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/51 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] commenting on his reaction to the demand by Turkey for supplies and vehicles Copy. 19 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/52 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] asking him what measures have been taken by King Petar of Yugoslavia to dismiss Draza Mihailovic [Leader of the Chetniks] and stating that he should open up the frontiers question with Poland and listing the proposals which he should try and get the Poles to agree to Copy. 20 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/53 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] informing him that Numan Menemenjoglu [Turkish Foreign Minister] has agreed that they can send as many Turkish General Staff certify and asking him about the amount which they can send and commenting that he is hoping that Jumbo [General Sir Henry Wilson, Commander in Chief Middle East] will arrive in a weeks time to take over General Dwight Eisenhower's [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre, United States Army] position Copy. 20 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/54 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Air Marshal Sir Charles Portal (CAS) [Chief of the Air Staff] informing him that he has hinted to President Roosevelt as he had wished but that he can do no more and commenting that Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder [Air Commander in Chief Mediterranean] was always hopeful that Major General Ira Eaker [Commanding General United States Army Air Forces in Britain] would come here and asking him if their idea is to place Lieutenant General Carl Spaatz [Deputy Commanding General Mediterranean Allied Air Forces here Copy. 21 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/55 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] stating that he is shocked by the imprisonment of Pierre Boisson, Marcel Peyrouton and Pierre Flandin [Vichy French Leaders] and commenting on the manner in which these individuals have helped them and asking him to make clear, through Harold Macmillan [Minister Resident in Algiers], to the French Committee that their actions will not help their relations with the other Allies Copy. 21 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/56 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] stating that he has hear President Roosevelt express these views regarding Indo China and commenting that the question of territorial transfers should be until the peace discussions and informing him that they should make it clear that they have no part in this Copy. 21 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/57 Note of instructions for the Printer Manuscript. Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/58 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] asking him for a brief report on Crossbow [Operations against German Rockets and Pilotless Aircraft] and the results of their counter attack Copy. 22 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/59 Telegram from WSC (MAC) [Mediterranean Air Command Post] to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] and the Chiefs of Staff stating that he does not understand the position and is asking when the promise of one third was made, believing that the Soviet Union had asked for specific vessels and commenting that they have an equal claim and that he does not want to see Britain excluded from the transaction Copy. 22 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/60 Telegram from WSC (M A C) [Mediterranean Air Command Post] to General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] and for Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] to see, stating that he is not prepared to abandon Hercules [Landing on Rhodes] and explaining the reasons why Copy. 22 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/61-62 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Chiefs of Staff marked "Most Immediate" reporting on a conversation he has had with General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] regarding General Sir Bernard Montgomery's [General Officer Commanding the Eighth Army] replacement and concerning his views on Shingle [Invasion of Italy at Anzio] and stating that he has not yet approved Montgomery's Pigstick [Allied Advance toward Burma] and suggesting that they should ask for a delay to the return of the LST's [Landing Ship Tanks]. 23 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/63 Telegram from Colonel Warden [WSC] (M A C) [Mediterranean Air Command Post] to General Sir Alan Brooke [Later Lord Alanbrooke of Brookeborough] (Chief of Imperial General Staff) stating that he thought that they had agreed that none of the Commandos, apart from the two battered ones, were to come home from the Mediterranean as they are needed in Yugoslavia. 23 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/64 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Eden] marked "Immediate" informing him that he might have to give up Hercules [Landing on Rhodes] for the sake of greater events, but that this should not stop him from bringing Turkey into the war as soon as possible and informing him that Jumbo [General Sir Henry Wilson, Commander in Chief Middle East] will be passing through there tomorrow. 23 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/65 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to General Sir Alan Brooke [Later Lord Alanbrooke of Brookeborough] (Chief of Imperial General Staff) discussing the future position of General Walter Bedell Smith's [Chief of Staff North African Theatre of Operations]. 23 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/66 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Clement Attlee, Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] and Chiefs of Staff marked "Most Immediate" informing them that he has just spoken to General Walter Bendell Smith [Chief of Staff North African Theatre of Operations] and that he claimed that he will not press the committee on this and that he is in agreement with the Chiefs of Staff and stating that Air Chief Marshal Arthur Tedder [Air Commander in Chief Mediterranean] believes that the hold up has been at Bari [Italy] and not at AFHQ [Allied Force Headquarters] who claim to be keen on a major amphibious operation. 23 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/67 Telegram from Colonel Warden [WSC] (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to General Sir Alan Brooke [later Lord Alanbrooke of Brookeborough] (Chief of Imperial General Staff) stating that he presumes that the War Office will inform General Sir Bernard Montgomery [General Officer Commanding the Eighth Army] of his change in duties. 23 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/68 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Immediate" informing him that he is sending him President Roosevelt's message regarding the French arrests [of Pierre Boisson, Marcel Peyrouton and Pierre Flandin, Vichy French Leader] and his reply supporting him and noting that President Roosevelt is probably basing his argument on the Clark Darlan agreement which has given General Dwight Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre, United States Army] extensive over riding powers in military matters and noting that this trial is to be a court marshal and that this will mean that the matter falls into the military sphere. 23 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/69 Telegram from WSC (M A C Post) [Mediterranean Air Command Post] to General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] marked "Immediate" stating that there is a little hope for Hercules [Landing on Rhodes] and that he realises that if Turkey will not enter the war they may have to abandon their plans for the Aegean, but adding that he will not allow Rome to be sacrificed for Anvil [Invasion of the South of France]. 23 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/70 Telegram from Colonel Warden [WSC] (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Immediate" stating that he agrees regarding Hitler and Field Marshal Heinrich Himmler [Head of the SS] and commenting on Marshal Stalin's claim during the Teheran conference that the term "unconditional surrender" needed to be defined and suggesting that a public announcement made by the three Allies might undermine the "Nazi gang". 23 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/71 Telegram from Colonel Warden [WSC] [Mediterranean Air Command Post] to Air Marshal Sir Charles Portal (C A S) [Chief of the Air Staff] stating that he is pleased that Lieutenant General Carl Spaatz [Deputy Commanding General Mediterranean Allied Air Forces] as only received command of the long range bombers and adding that he will be pleased if they can keep Major General Ira Eaker [Commanding General United States Army Air Forces in Britain] in Britain and get Lewis Brereton. 23 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/72 Telegram from Colonel Warden [WSC] [Mediterranean Air Command Post] to General Sir Alan Brooke [later Lord Alanbrooke of Brookeborough] (Chief of Imperial General Staff) informing him of General Sir Harold Alexander's [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] suggestions for changes of command. 23 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/73 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post] to Brendan Bracken (Minister of Information) apologising for not being able to change President Roosevelt's plans and stating that he is anxious that the announcement should be made as soon as possible as the prolonged uncertainty about the new commands has done a lot of harm and stating that he will send a message to Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] about the President's remarks about "only another London Story" if he wishes. 24 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/74 Telegram from WSC (MAC) [Mediterranean Air Command Post] to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Immediate" suggesting that Fitzroy Maclean [Liason Officer with Marshal Tito] should be sent to Marshal Tito [President of the Yugoslavian Naional Liberation Committee] as soon as possible. 24 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/75 Telegram from WSC to A V Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Hillsborough] (First Lord of the Admiralty) marked "Immediate" asking him to report more fully on the enemy vessels seen off Cape Finisterre [Spain]. 24 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/76-78 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Clement Attlee, Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] and General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] informing them of their plans to initiate Shingle [Invasion of Italy at Anzio] and stating that this will mean that the return of the 56 LST's to Britain [Landing Ship Tanks] will have to be delayed and adding that Hercules [Landing on Rhodes] will have to be abandoned and informing them of the importance of Shingle commencing before the end of January. 25 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/79 Telegram from WSC (MAC) [Mediterranean Air Command Post] to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] stating that he thinks that it is very important for Fitzroy Maclean [Liason Officer with Marshal Tito] to return to Marshal Tito [Premier of the Yugoslavian National Liberation Committee] and asking him the extent to which the allegations about Tito being an imposter are true. 25 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/80 Telegram from WSC (MAC) [Mediterranean Air Command Post] to Clement Attlee and Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] informing them that they have decided to launch a heavy air attack on Sofia [Bulgaria] in order to try and influence the political reactions in Bulgaria. 25 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/81-82 Telegram from WSC (MAC) [Mediterranean Air Command Post] to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] stating that he feels that they should wait for President Roosevelt's reaction to General Sir Henry Wilson's [Commander in Chief Middle East] representations and noting that Harold Macmillan [Minister Resident in Algiers] does not faithfully represent his views and claiming that the restoration of France is his constant purpose and commenting on how they should handle the French Committee of National Liberation. 25 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/83-84 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Chiefs of Staff marked "Immediate" containing a report by Captain Power detailing the condition of the LST's [Landing Ship Tanks] and commenting on the training which will be required and concluding that they will all be ready for Overlord [Liberation of France]. 25 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/85-6 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Chiefs of Staff and for the attention of Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham (First Sea Lord) marked "Immediate" informing him of the plans made for Shingle [Invasion of Italy at Anzio] and reporting that they have abandoned Hercules [Landing on Rhodes]. 25 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/87 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Chiefs of Staff Committee marked "Immediate" comparing their plans to the report written by Captain Power [see CHAR 20/130/83-84] on the retention of LST's [Landing Ship Tanks] and commenting that the only way that the two division lift for Shingle [Invasion of Italy at Anzio] can be provided is by retaining the 56 LST's. 26 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/88 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Immediate" commenting on how they should act [regarding the arrest of Pierre Boisson, Marcel Peyrouton and Pierre Flandin, Vichy French Leaders] and stating that he has been informed that General de Gaulle's [Head of the French Committee of National Liberation] power is much diminished and informing him of his plans to leave for Marrakesh [Morocco] tomorrow and adding that it is vital that they retain the landing crafts to clear up the operations in Rome before Anvil [Invasion of South of France]. 26 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/89 Telegram from WSC (M A C) [Mediterranean Air Command Post] to Chiefs of Staff marked "Immediate" informing them that he is sticking to the plan for a May Overlord [Liberation of France] but adding that General Dwight Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre, United States Army] and General Sir Bernard Montgomery [General Officer Commanding the Eighth Army] has expressed their dissatisfaction with the present plans for Overlord and suggesting that some Commanders may require the June moon around the 6th June and stating that they should not sacrifice essential tasks in Italy to ensure that they are ready for May, a date which may well be postponed. 26 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/90-91 Telegram from WSC (MAC) [Mediterranean Air Command Post] to Chiefs of Staff marked "Immediate" in reply to their message stating that they cannot launch Shingle [Invasion of Italy at Anzio] on a two division basis unless the 56 LST's [Landing Ship Tanks] are retained for another three weeks, and explaining why they need to mount this operation with at least two divisions. 26 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/92 Telegram from WSC (M A C) [Mediterranean Air Command Post] to Brendan Bracken (Minister of Information) marked "Immediate" asking him to announce the appointment of Air Chief Marshal Arthur Tedder [from Air Commander in Chief Mediterranean to Deputy Supreme Allied Commander under General Dwight Eisenhower] and General Sir Bernard Paget [from Commander in Chief 21st Army to Commander in Chief Middle East Force]. 26 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/93 Telegram from WSC (Mediterranean Air Command Post) to Sir Stafford Cripps (Minister of Aircraft Production) marked "Immediate" thanking him for his explanation about the drop in deliveries and asking him for the charts indicating the improvement of bomb discharge for the last year. 26 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/94 Telegram from WSC (MAC) [Mediterranean Air Command Post] to the Chiefs of Staff and Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Immediate" stating that the negotiations regarding Turkey were entrusted to him by President Roosevelt and noting that this matter is in the sphere of the Foreign Office and not the Combined Chiefs of Staff adding that they are merely delaying matters as they have to wait for all messages to pass through them and containing a message to Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Representative of the British Chiefs of Staff in Washington, United States] asking him not to encourage the proposal by the United States Chiefs of Staff. 26 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/95-96 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Immediate"containing a message from Marshal Tito [Premier of the Yugoslavian National Liberation Committee] wishing him a speedy recovery and stating that he intends to send him a reply informing him that Britain will give him all the assistance he needs but adding that it would not be chivalrous of him to cast King Petar of Yugoslavia aside Signed in typescript. 26 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/97 Telegram from WSC (M A C post) [Mediterranean Air Command Post] to A V Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Hillsborough] (First Lord of the Admiralty) and Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham (First Sea Lord) stating that he shares this joy with them [the sinking of the Scharnhorst, a German Battle cruiser]. 27 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/98 Telegram from WSC (M A C post) [Mediterranean Air Command Post] to Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser [Commander of the Home Fleet] marked "Immediate" congratulating him [on the sinking of the Scharnhorst, a German Battle cruiser]. 27 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/99 Telegram from WSC (M A C post) [Mediterranean Air Command Post] to A V Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Hillborough] (First Lord of the Admiralty) marked "Immediate" stating that he believes that Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser [Commander of the Home Fleet] should be given a GCB [Knight Grand Cross of Bath] due to the sinking of the Scharnhorst [a German Battle cruiser]. 28 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/100 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Alan Brooke [Later Lord Alanbrooke of Brookbrough] (Chief of Imperial General Staff) informing him that he has told General Dwight Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre, United States Army] that he will not be split up from General Walter Bedell Smith [Chief of Staff North African Theatre of Operations]. 28 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/101 Telegram from WSC to General Bernard Freyberg [Commander of the New Zealand Division] thanking him for his message and sending his best wishes to his division and a message to the Private Office asking them to send a message to Sir Samuel Hoare (British Ambassador in Spain) requesting him to thank General Franco [President of Spain] for his enquiries about his health. 28 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/102-3 Telegram from WSC to Chiefs of Staff marked "Most Immediate" stating that he is sure that General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] will accept the reduced numbers of the LST's [Landing Ship Tanks] and discussing the possible date in May [of Overlord, liberation of France] and informing them that he has received a message from President Roosevelt and that agreeing that the name should be Pigstuck and not Pigstick [Allied Advance towards Burma]. 28 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/104-5 Telegram from WSC thanking everyone for their kind messages during his illhealth and explaining the effect his illness had on his plans. 28 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/106 Telegram from Colonel Warden [WSC] to Air Chief Marshal Arthur Tedder (Air Officer Commanding the Mediterranean) informing him that his appointment [as Deputy Supreme Commander under General Dwight Eisenhower] has been well received. 28 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/107 Telegram from Colonel Warden [WSC] to Admiral Sir John Cunningham (Commander in Chief Mediterranean) stating that things look good and that he was sure that the Admiralty would be able to assist and asking him to look into the details and let him know his opinion on the matter. 28 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/108-9 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] informing him that Randolph Churchill is waiting at Bari [Italy] for Fitzroy Maclean [Liason Officer with Marshal Tito] before travelling to Yugoslavia and containing a message from Randolph summarising the situation and noting what action is required, which he claims seems to represent both their views. 29 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/110 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [Later Lord Avon] stating that he thinks that it would be better if Duff Cooper [later Lord Norwich, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster] did not come out there yet. 29 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/111 Telegram from WSC to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later Lord Thurso] (Secretary of State for Air) and Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal (C A S) [Chief Of Air Staff] stating that he does not agree to any United States veto on Air Chief Marshal Sir Sholto Douglas [Head of the Middle East Air Command] but adding that he does not believe that Douglas should decide where he is posted and commenting that he believes that the Mediterranean is the best post for him. 29 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/112 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Most Immediate" containing a message for President Roosevelt stating that they are informing Harold Macmillan [Minister Resident in Algiers] that he should associate himself with his General Sir Henry Wilson [Commander in Chief Middle East] and informing him that he believes that the three men [Pierre Boisson, Marcel Peyrouton and Pierre Flandin, Vichy French Leaders] should be either paroled of given bail. 29 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/113 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Most Immediate" stating that he hopes that he will not delay the return of Fitzroy Maclean [Liason Officer with Marshal Tito] by bringing him to London first. 29 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/114-15 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Alan Brooke [Later Lord Alanbrooke of Brookeborough] (Chief of the Imperial General Staff) informing him that he does not want any of the Commando Forces in the Mediterranean to be moved and reporting how many troops he needs to assist the Yugoslavians. 29 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/116 Telegram from WSC to A V Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Hillsborough] marked "Most Immediate" stating that he does not believe that the DSO [Companion of Distinguished Service Order] is suitable for Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser [Commander of the Home Fleet] and adding that he hopes that he will make the necessary submissions for his GCB [Knight Grand Cross of Bath]. 30 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/117 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon], Oliver Lyttelton (Minister of Production), Lord Leathers (Minister of War Transport) and the Chiefs of Staff Committee marked "Immediate" stating that he hopes that it will be possible to run another convoy before the launch of Overlord [Liberation of France]. 30 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/118 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Immediate" stating that the only way of getting Marshal Tito [Premier of the Yugoslavian National Liberation Committee] to accept King Petar of Yugoslavia is if the King dismisses Draza Mihailovic [Leader of the Chetniks] and discussing the manner in which they are going to write and send the letter. 30 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/119 Telegram from WSC to Chiefs of Staff marked "Immediate" informing them that "X" is the 5th May and "Y" is the 2nd June. 30 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/120 Telegram from WSC to Chiefs of Staff marked "Immediate" asking them to send him details of the moon phases which has led them to select date "X" [5th May] and asking them to consider the benefits of a later date [2nd June]. 30 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/121-2 Telegram from WSC to Chiefs of Staff marked "Immediate" commenting on their recent message. 30 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/123 Telegram from WSC to Sir Edward Bridges [War Cabinet Secretary] marked "Immediate" commenting on the use of a certain words in telegrams which may cause confusion and asking him to circulate a memo around this. 30 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/124 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [Later Lord Avon] stating that he would still like Duff Cooper [later Lord Norwich, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster] to remain in Britain for the present and explaining why and thanking him for sending his message to President Roosevelt and noting that he cannot leave him unsupported without ruining their relationship. 31 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/125 Telegram from WSC to Brendan Bracken (Minister of Information) containing a message in Signal Corps News regarding talks in Cairo [Egypt] concerning future plans in North Africa and the Mediterranean and stating that extract is full of lies and that he would like to know who released it and informing him that in a recent article in the Signal Corps News they reported that 11 German destroyers were spotted by the United States Navy but it did not state that the cruisers which sank them were British. 31 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/126 Telegram from WSC to Admiral Sir John Cunningham (Commander in Chief Mediterranean) and repeated to the Chiefs of Staff informing him that General Dwight Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre, United States Army] has reported that a proportion of the LST's [Landing Ship Tanks] will not be operational and asking him to comment on the position. 31 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/127 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff Minister of Defence] for the Chief of Staff Committee, A V Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Hillsborough] (First Lord of the Admiralty) and Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham (First Sea Lord) stating that due to the sinking of the Scharnhorst [German Battleship] and the possible delay to the launch of Overlord [Liberation of France], he would like arrangements to be made for an additional convoy to the Soviet Union. 31 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/128 Telegram from WSC to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later Lord Thurso] (Secretary of State for Air) stating that he has just learnt of Major General Ira Eaker's [Commanding General United States Army Air Forces in Britain, to become Air Commander in Chief Mediterranean Allied Air Forces] new appointment and that as this will reduce Air Marshal Sir Sholto Douglas's [Head of Middle East Air Command] scope, he is willing for him to take over the Coastal Command and for Air Marshal Sir John Slessor to come here [Mediterranean]. 31 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/129 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff Minister of Defence] stating that he presumes that many of these sites are dummies and that the espionage will be able to discriminate and adding that it is important that these attacks continue. 31 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/130/130 Telegram from WSC to Sir Arthur Salter [Head of British Merchant Shipping Mission, Washington, United States] informing him that he has submitted his name to King George VI for the G B E [Knight Grand Cross of British Empire]. 31 Dec 1943